Covid 19 Response: Robert McConkey. RANP Urology (Bladder Cancer) Urology Unit, University Hospital Galway.

Urology patients, like others, have been adversely impacted by the COVID19 crisis with almost all surgery, day case services and outpatients appointments abruptly halted in UHG. Patients with high risk non muscle invasive bladder cancer experience some of the highest rates of cancer recurrence and are at high risk of progression to muscle invasive disease. These patients require frequent, often life long invasive cystoscopic surveillance as well as repeat chemo or immunotherapy bladder instillations. To continue caring for these ‘high risk’ patients, we developed and adapted a series of ‘COVID19’ protocols to enable the ongoing, although limited, delivery of day case and nurse led bladder cancer services with a strong emphasis on risk management and patient safety.


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Mr. David Delaney

David is the newly elected Secretary. He currently works in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Limerick. David graduated from the University of Tasmania in Australia and started his career in cardiac care. From there he worked in the Intensive care units of the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, the Royal Prince Alfred, Sydney, St. James Hospital, Dublin and University Hospital Limerick. He is currently a Clinical Skills Facilitator in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Limerick. He has previously studied a postgraduate diploma in Intensive Care Nursing with NUI Galway and is currently in his dissertation year of this Masters in Advanced Nursing Care also with NUI Galway. David will be a registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner once his MSc is complete. David also holds a position on the student subgroup of the International Council of Nurses NP/APN network.